Here yet again we see that being on a police watch list doesn’t mean that the police are actually watching you.
In response to this jihad attack, numerous Canadian authorities are quoted in this article mouthing meaningless platitudes. A Muslim leader said: “To the Edmonton community at large, I would like to tell them that we stand together and unite against hate. And let’s solve this problem collectively, rather than pointing fingers at each other.”
Translation: don’t start investigating the Muslim community. Don’t start acting as if jihad terror had anything to do with Islam. An Anglican could just as easily have done this.
And people buy this nonsense.
“Edmonton terror attack suspect was known to police, public safety minister says,” CBC News, October 1, 2017:
The man arrested in a suspected terrorist attack in Edmonton that saw a police officer stabbed and several pedestrians run down with a cube van on Saturday night was known to law enforcement, says Canada’s public safety minister.
Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said in a news conference on Sunday in Regina that the suspect, who is in police custody, was on a “police watch list.”
Goodale said the RCMP’s Integrated National Security Enforcement Team was working closely with Edmonton police on the investigation.
“The individual had apparently some appearance on a police watch list, but that is a detail of the investigation that the authorities will pursue in the appropriate way,” Goodale said. “There are no conclusions that can be drawn at the current time.”
Abdulahi Hasan Sharif is the man accused in the attacks, multiple sources tell CBC News.
The 30-year-old suspect in the attacks was apprehended following a high-speed chase just before midnight through streets filled with bar patrons and Edmonton Eskimo football fans. Police have said they believe the man acted alone.
The chase came to an end after the white U-Haul van he was driving struck four pedestrians and flipped on its side.
The injured police officer was taken to hospital and treated for non life-threatening injuries. Details of the pedestrians’ injuries have not been disclosed by emergency officials….
“We will not be intimidated by a brutal act of hate,” said Goodale. “Together, we condemn terrorist violence, today and every day, and we will never allow it to contort the way that we want to live our lives.”
The series of violent events was likely the work of a “lone wolf,” says the city’s mayor, Don Iveson who called for vigilance and community solidarity after the chaotic night.
“I wish to urge calm,” Iveson told a news conference Sunday. “To the best of our knowledge this was a lone wolf attack….“Terrorism is about creating panic and sowing divide and disrupting people’s lives, so we can succumb to that or we can rise above it.”Iveson described Saturday’s events as “appalling” and commended first responders for their bravery in the “face of chaos.”
He urged Edmontonians to remain calm and united as the investigation continues. But Iveson stressed he’s confident that police are “fully in command” of the situation.
“It is vital now that we not succumb to hatred, that we not be intimidated by violence, and that we respond with love and strength,” Iveson said. “We will not be divided.”
In a written statement, Alberta Premier Rachel Notley described Saturday’s events as “horrific.”
“It’s left us shocked at the indiscriminate cruelty and angry that someone might target their hatred at places where we gather with our families and friends,” Notley said in the emailed statement.
“Hatred has no place in Alberta. It’s not who we are. We are in this together and together we are stronger than any form of hate.”…
“I’m frustrated that something like this could happen here in Edmonton, right here in my backyard,” said Abdikadir, chairperson of the steering committee of the Safety Summit, a grassroots organization that addresses crime and racism.
“I want to compliment the heroic actions of EPS [Edmonton Police Service]. If they were not there, the law enforcement, it would have been a completely different tragic outcome.
“To the Edmonton community at large, I would like to tell them that we stand together and unite against hate. And let’s solve this problem collectively, rather than pointing fingers at each other.”
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau issued a statement Sunday, saying he was deeply concerned by Saturday’s events.
“The Government of Canada and Canadians stand with the people of Edmonton after the terrorist attack on Saturday,” he said. “I am deeply concerned and outraged by this tragedy.”
“We cannot — and will not — let violent extremism take root in our communities. We know that Canada’s strength comes from our diversity, and we will not be cowed by those who seek to divide us or promote fear,” Trudeau said….